Fire near Lake Somerville now 80% contained, evacuation orders lifted

A mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for residents on Schulenberg Lane as nearly a dozen aircraft were brought in to help stop the fire.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for residents on Schulenberg Lane as nearly a dozen aircraft were brought in to help stop the fire.
Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 6:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 2:46 PM CDT
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BURTON, Texas (KBTX) - The Burns Creek Fire, which sparked up Sunday, is still burning well into Tuesday afternoon, but fire officials say it is now 80% contained. Mandatory evacuations ordered for residents on Schulenberg Lane on Sunday have now lifted. Residents are able to return to their homes.

The fire has spread to a total of 397 acres. Fire crews worked through Monday night to battle the fire that has destroyed two homes. No injuries have been reported, according to Hamff and 11 homes were saved by fire crews.

Sunday night, crews were cutting down trees to prevent the fire from spreading outside of the fire line. Monday morning, an update from the Washington County Office of Emergency Management said multiples crews remain on the scene fighting the fire and the Texas Forestry Service has two STRIKE teams on scene. Bluebonnet Electric has six bucket trucks on the scene to assist in clearing rights-of-way and working to replace infrastructure damaged by the fire.

Hamff told KBTX Sunday night that the fire was burning north towards Lake Somerville and firefighters were working to contain the east and west sides of the blaze.

“They are making good progress on it now,” said Hamff.

While donations for food, water and ice were being collected at the Rocky Creek VFD and the Brenham Fire Department, they are no longer in need of donations.

Firefighters from Burleson County and Brazos County have been called to help Washington County first responders along with the Texas A&M Forest Service. A large aircraft from Austin was also sent in to drop fire retardant on the blaze.

Click here to check on updates on the fire from the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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